Former Red Sox Pitcher Josh Beckett to Retire

Pitcher Josh Beckett in 2012.
Pitcher Josh Beckett in 2012. –AP Photo/LM Otero

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, who was with the Red Sox for parts of seven seasons and was a key figure in Boston’s 2007 World Series Championship, announced his retirement Tuesday night after the Dodgers were eliminated in the National League Divisional Series, according to an MLB.com report.

Beckett, 34, was inactive during the series due to injury and will undergo surgery for a torn labrum next spring. He said he couldn’t envision rehabbing from that procedure in order to pitch again, according to the report.

Beckett was the MVP of the 2007 ALCS with the Red Sox, going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA as the Sox eliminated Cleveland. He was 1-0 in the 2007 World Series vs. Colorado with a 1.29 ERA.

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He was also the World Series MVP for the Florida Marlins’ 2003 championship.

Beckett was part of a blockbuster trade during the 2012 season in which the Red Sox sent him, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney and four minor leaguers, including pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster.

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